The Ocean Forum on Abrupt Climate Change
November 11, 2002
In 2002, with generous support from The Comer Science and Education
Foundation, the Ocean and Climate Change Institute invited four
leading scientists in the field of abrupt climate change to Woods
Hole as Visiting Summer Scholars. Their broad range of expertise
and perspectives complemented those of scientists at the Oceanographic.
The Ocean Forum Scholars were: Richard Alley
(Pennsylvania State University), David Battisti
(University of Washington), Mark Cane
(Columbia University), and Robert Dickson
(Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK).
The concurrent goals of the forum were to: assess what we know and need to know about abrupt climate change; stimulate creative scientific thinking and collaboration; devise strategies to launch promising research, and foster dialogue between the scientific community and the public. On Nov. 11-12, 2002, the scientists reconvened in Woods Hole to summarize their work and recommend future research priorities.